Get in Gear With Bike to Work Week 5/16-20!
Spring is the perfect time to tune up your bike and enjoy healthful, fun, zero emission, gas-free transit. We love leaving our cars at home to cycle and walk as much as possible, and have an employee bike commuting program to reward pedal powered commuting. Oregon’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance recently recognized our 2-wheeled advocacy with their Alice award for 2011, and we’re really touched by the honor.
To help folks get in gear, the League of American Bicyclists has designated May as Bike to Work Month, and organizes a National Bike to Work week each May. It’s May 16-20 this year (conveniently overlapping with American Craft Beer Week, nice!), ending with Bike to Work Day on May 20. The League’s website lists events nationwide.
To map your route, check out this online tool from Clif Bar. The Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) website offers more tips and a tool to map out a route combining biking and an RVTD bus ride.
On Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 20, bike commuters can enjoy energizing refreshments from 7-8:30 AM at three locations in the Valley, two in Medford and one in Ashland, OR. Find the pit stop on your route here.
To cap off the week, there will be a “Bike to Work Happy Hour” on Friday, May 20 from 4-6 pm, with free food, giveaways and more. Standing Stone Brewing Co is one of three sites, along with Porters Dining at the Depot in Medford (147 N. Front St) and The Brick in Central Point (311 E. Pine St). We hope to see you at Standing Stone for some well-deserved R&R after a week of pedaling away!
To extend the fun even longer, we’re hosting a community bike ride on Saturday 5/21. We’ll meet at Standing Stone at 1 pm and enjoy a 6-mile round trip bike ride to Alpha Beta Hop Farm to tour the beautiful vines that give beer its signature flavor. Afterwards, we’ll head back to Standing Stone to relax and refuel.
For those who are motivated to keep on cycling after Bike to Work week, check out the Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge. Through this program, Clif Bar encourages folks to replace car trips with biking, starting with short distances like two miles. Two miles may not sound like a lot, but about 40% of car trips nationwide are less than two miles, so replacing them with cycling makes a big difference. (Get more cool and inspiring facts here.) Participants can designate one of three environmental and bike-advocacy nonprofits to benefit from each mile they bike. We encourage you to sign up.